Final Results from the IJGT Major Championship presented by IJGA

HERSHEY, Pa. – Heavy rain and wind did not halt the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) from hosting the Major Championship at Hershey presented by the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Hershey, Pa. Competitors were not stopped by the conditions either, as they proved capable of battling every factor this weekend. Representing eight states, 120 of the tours’ elite junior golfers competed for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points on the PGA TOUR tested East Course at Hershey Country Club during this two day, 36-hole event.

Roland MassiminoIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Roland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., battled the elements and took home his second IJGT title of the season. Massimino earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors after carding a first-round even-par 71 on Saturday. With Brock Kovach of Wyomissing, Pa., only three strokes behind heading into Sunday, Massimino knew the final round was going to be a test.

“I did not want to think of my score on Saturday,” said Massimino. “I just wanted to take it shot by shot.”

Massimino got off to a rocky start on Sunday, but quickly turned it around with a birdie on No. 2, a tough par 3. After paring six more holes on the front nine, he took a lead of one stroke to the back nine over Kovach. Massimino only made one bogey on the back nine, and carded a final round 4-over-par 75. His steady play on Sunday was exactly what he needed to take home the Major title.

“I have been playing well and working hard the past couple of weeks,” said Massimino. “It feels really good to take a Major title.”

Finishing in second place just behind Massimino was Kovach, carding a 6-over-par 148 final score. Kovach also earned Clazic Belts Low Final Round honors, battling the conditions to post a 3-over-par 74. Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was William Voetsch of New Vernon, N.J. Voetsch finished his weekend with a 10-over-par 152 final score.

Matt Holuta of Indiana, Pa., also earned Clazic Belts Low Final Round Honors with his 3-over-par 74 final-round score.

Evan KatzEvan Katz of Washington, D.C., took home the title in the Boys 14 Under Division in dramatic fashion. Katz carded a 3-over-par 74 during his first round, and led the competition by just one stroke. With a very talented field behind him, Katz needed to carry his momentum into Sunday’s final round.

“I knew it was going to be windy {in the final round},” said Katz. “I just had to hit the ball solid and avoid large numbers.”

Katz started his second round off strong with a quick birdie on the par-3 second hole, but C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., lead at the turn with a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine. After many lead changes on the back nine, Katz and Hughes found themselves tied on the par-5 18th hole at Hershey Country Club. Hughes was forced to lay up after his tee shot and found an unfortunate lie, while Katz hit the green in regulation. Katz made par on No. 18 and took home his first IJGT title after carding a weekend 8-over-par 150.

“I have been playing very well lately,” said Katz. “It feels so good to finally win my first IJGT Title!”

Finishing just behind and rounding out the Boys 14 Under Division was Hughes and Evan Johnson of Rye, N.Y., both carding a total score of 10-over-par 152.

Liza FreedIn the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., played an impressive final round on Sunday in the windy elements to take home her first IJGT Title. Freed carded an 8-over-par 79 in her first round, and trailed KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award winner Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., by one stroke heading into Sunday.

“Going into Sunday I was not thinking about being down a stroke,” said Freed. “I just wanted to focus on each one of my shots.”

Freed did not start her final round of competition the way she intended, but quickly turned it around on her fourth hole by paring four consecutive holes. After carding a 5-over-par 41 on the front nine, Freed was still one stroke out of the lead heading to the back nine. Freed took a commanding lead on the back nine after paring the first four holes. This consistent play never let up, leading to her first IJGT title. Freed carded a weekend 17-over-par 159. Freed also earned Clazic Belt Low Final Round Honors after carding a 9-over-par 80 during her final round.

“It feels so good to win my first IJGT Title” said Freed. “I really was not focusing on my scores, but I am very happy that I won!”

Finishing in second in the Girls Division was Zora Moore of Milford, N.J., who carded a tournament 19-over-par 161. Moore also earned Clazic Belts Low Final Round honors carding a 9-over-par 80. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were Ashley Yarbrough of Akron, Ohio, and Ricigliano, who both carded a final score of 164.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be hosting the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio on May 18-19. This will be the final event in the Northeast and there are still limited spots available. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Hershey presented by the IJGA conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,801 yards, Par 71 (73.9/136) Boys 14 Under Division: White Tees – 6,227 yards, Par 71 (70.4/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,918 yards, Par 71 (75.1/131). 

Weather: Saturday: Raining with temperatures in the high 60’s with 0-5 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Major Championship at Hershey
Presented by the IJGA
Hershey, Pa.
May 11-12, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division-(Blue Tees) East Course: 6,801 Yards, Par 71
1. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *71-75–146
2. Brock Kovach, Wyomissing, PA *74-74–148
3. William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ *77-75–152
4. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *79-74–153
4. Carey Bina, Villanova, PA *78-75–153
4. Lee Detmer, Washington, DC *76-77–153
4. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *75-78–153
8. Max Bell, Chambersburg, PA *80-76–156
8. Matt Barto, Leechburg, PA *76-80–156
10. Mariano Medico, Shavertown, PA *81-76–157
10. Mike Hanrahan, Ossining, NY *80-77–157
10. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *76-81–157
13. Jake Reilly, Hershey, PA *80-78–158
13. Kevin Godart, Ridgewood, NJ *79-79–158
13. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *78-80–158
13. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *77-81–158
17. Sean Ebert, Furlong, PA *81-78–159
17. Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, PA *81-78–159
17. Kevin Kunkle, Walnutport, PA *79-80–159
20. Nicholas Johnson, Moosic, PA *79-81–160
21. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *80-81–161
21. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-82–161
21. Austin Renz, Danville, PA *78-83–161
24. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *77-85–162
24. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *77-85–162
26. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *82-81–163
26. Keenan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *81-82–163
26. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD *84-79–163
26. Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown, NJ *79-84–163
30. John Abbott, Hummelstown, PA *83-81–164
30. Michael Rojas, Cliffside Park, NJ *81-83–164
30. Evan Thornton, Wyomissing, PA *85-79–164
30. Nicholas Geiman, York, PA *80-84–164
34. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ *84-81–165
34. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA *80-85–165
34. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *81-84–165
34. Michael Szipszky, Newtown Square, PA *84-81–165
34. Mike Dobbs, Moorestown, NJ *80-85–165
34. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA *79-86–165
40. Chad Hess II, Orefield, PA *84-82–166
40. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *82-84–166
40. Josh Verner, Venetia, PA *85-81–166
43. Owen Miller, Burgettstown, PA *83-84–167
43. Tyler Pollack, Venetia, PA *81-86–167
43. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *80-87–167
43. Kenny Dorian, Riverside, CT *85-82–167
47. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *84-84–168
47. Sam Gallen, Reading, PA *84-84–168
47. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ *82-86–168
47. Brandon Greenplate, York, PA *86-82–168
47. Joseph Dorsch, West Friendship, MD *79-89–168
47. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ *78-90–168
53. DJ Quinn, Marlton, NJ *83-86–169
53. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA *80-89–169
55. Jesse Kovacs, St James, NY *88-82–170
55. Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA *85-85–170
55. Nick Shoup, Allentown, PA *84-86–170
58. Trey Croney, Haverford, PA *81-90–171
59. Andrew DeMarco, Huntington, NY *84-88–172
59. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD *89-83–172
59. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA *86-86–172
62. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *84-89–173
62. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *97-76–173
62. Bret Howey, Nazareth, PA *88-85–173
62. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA *85-88–173
66. Ian Notkin, North Caldwell, NJ *83-91–174
67. Alejandro Velez, Harleysville, PA *86-89–175
68. Michael Esworthy, Harrisburg, PA *87-89–176
69. Joey Rueter, Rydal, PA *88-89–177
69. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY *89-88–177
71. Nat Gallen, Reading, PA *86-92–178
72. Jared Faust, Pottstown, PA *94-85–179
72. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY *88-91–179
74. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *93-88–181
75. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *98-90–188
76. Eric Faust, Pottstown, PA *100-96–196
77. Heath Woodruff, Carlisle, PA *98-106–204
DID NOT FINISH
Carter Rajtik, Chambersburg, PA *94-JWD
Boys 14 Under Division-(White Tees) East Course: 6,227 Yards, Par 71
1. Evan Katz, Washington, DC *73-77–150
2. Evan Johnson, York, PA *76-76–152
2. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA *74-78–152
4. Gus Minkin, York, PA *77-76–153
5. James McHugh, Rye, NY *77-79–156
6. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *79-79–158
6. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *75-83–158
8. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *76-83–159
9. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *74-86–160
10. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *75-86–161
11. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY *78-84–162
12. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *79-85–164
13. Mike May, Auburn, NY *81-85–166
14. David Ross, Alexandria, VA *83-84–167
15. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *86-82–168
16. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *84-85–169
17. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *82-89–171
18. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *86-87–173
19. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD *86-90–176
20. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *92-89–181
21. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *91-95–186
22. Thomas Corrigan, Irvington, NY *97-94–191
23. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *100-92–192
24. Sean Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *108-97–205
Girls Division-(Gold Tees) East Course: 5,918 Yards, Par 71
1. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA *79-80–159
2. Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *81-80–161
3. Ashley Yarbrough, Akron, OH *81-83–164
3. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY *78-86–164
5. Katie Edelblut, New Hope, PA *80-86–166
6. Mia Kness, Venetia, PA *79-92–171
7. Sarah Kokotajlo, Ewing, NJ *84-88–172
8. Shannon Weber, Kutztown, PA *89-85–174
8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *82-92–174
10. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *87-88–175
11. Jacqueline Oggero, Hershey, PA *89-89–178
12. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *92-90–182
12. Emily Corrigan, Irvington, NY *90-92–182
12. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *85-97–182
15. Lindsay May, Auburn, NY *91-94–185
16. Marissa Balish, Allison Park, PA *90-98–188
17. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *92-99–191
18. Tatiana Reali, Searingtown, NY *94-98–192

 

Final Results from the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire

Velez defends Falcon’s Fire title

Whaley holds on as Girls Division Champion

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Fla., May 11-12. Juniors endured very warm temperatures with moderate humidity at the Rees Jones designed golf course. The tournament acts as a great tune-up for IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Manual VelezManuel Velez of Panama City, Panama, winner of the IJGT’s 2012 Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire, defended his title to win the Boys 15-19 Division, shooting 1-under-par for a two-day total of 143. Velez took fire at the hole locations, recording nine birdies and one eagle over two rounds. His best play came on the par 5s where he played them in 5-under-par.

Velez did not go unchallenged however, as Yan Peng of Beijing, China kept pace the entire tournament. Over two days, Peng played the front nine in a bogey-free 3-under-par.

With Velez holding onto a one shot lead heading into No. 18, both he and Peng striped drives down the middle of the fairway. As both players were in great position, Peng was the one who took advantage and hit the green, while Velez short-sided himself in the greenside bunker.

Velez was able to make a difficult up-and-down seem ordinary, blasting out of the bunker to only a few feet. Peng had a birdie opportunity from about 25 feet to force a tie, but it was not meant to be. Velez converted his par putt to win by one stroke.

Coming in third place was Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, who carded an even-par 72 on the final day.

Payton Olsen of Winter Park, Fla., received the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his 3-under-par 69.

Alan XuAlan Xu of Hilton Head Island, S.C., shot 81 on both days to take home the Boys 14 Under Division title. Xu said he played “awesome” during the final round, which showed, recording a score no higher than a five for the entire day. He played consistently for the day with nine pars and nine bogeys.

Aaron Elmore of Rincon, Ga., took home second place honors in the division shooting a solid 81 in the final round. This was Elmore’s first event in the division, but he had played a number of previous events in the IJGT’s Discovery Tour.  Third place in the Boys 14 Under Division was Kotaro Nishimura of Ota-Ku, Japan.

Kelly WhaleyIn the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington Conn., came out victorious with an impressive 1-under-par 143 two-day total. Whaley stayed patient and played consistently en route to her victory. She recorded five birdies and 27 pars over the weekend, including 15 pars during the final round.

“I told myself there were a lot of holes left to birdie,” Whaley said. “If it gets close, you know you still have holes left. I had a one-shot lead on the last hole and had to be confident I would par it.”

Whaley stumbled early as she recorded a 2-over-par 38 on her first nine holes, including a bogey on the opening hole. It was different after the turn however, making birdie on her 10th hole then paring the rest of her remaining holes.

Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, made it difficult for Whaley during the final round, always hanging within one or two strokes of the lead. Siriko put on her own impressive final round, recording two birdies and 15 pars to shoot a 1-under-par 71 which was good enough to earn her second place. Wei-Wei Zhang of Howey in the Hills, Fla., took home third-place honors after also shooting a 1-under-par 71. Both Siriko and Zhang earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for their performances.

The KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players who shoot the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event, was won by Velez with a score of 1-under-par 71 and Whaley with a score of 2-under-par 70.

The International Junior Golf Tour will travel back to the Orlando, Fla. area in two weeks to host its annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort May 25-27. For more information about the Tournament of Champions and its corresponding events, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

KISSIMMEE, FLA. – Final round results of the IJGT Orlando Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,839 yards, Par 72 (73.2/136).  Boys 14 Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,239 yards, Par 72 (70.1/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,991 yards, Par 72 (74.4/130).

Weather:  Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 mph

International Junior Golf Tour

The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club

Kissimmee, Fla.

May 11-12, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,839, Par 72

 

1. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *71-72–143

2. Yan Peng, Beijing, China *73-71–144

3. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *76-72–148

4. Matthew Rushton, Cape Town, South Africa *77-72–149

4. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *76-73–149

4. Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *75-74–149

7. Payton Olsen, Winter Park, FL *81-69–150

7. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *72-78–150

7. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *73-77–150

10. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *73-78–151

11. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *77-75–152

11. Austin McCulloch, Alexandria, MN *78-74–152

11. André Hammer, Scania, Sweden *77-75–152

11. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *76-76–152

11. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152

16. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *80-74–154

16. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *77-77–154

18. Takakazu Furukawa, Shiga, Japan *73-82–155

19. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156

20. Andre Becerra, Zapopan, Mexico *79-79–158

21. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *82-77–159

22. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia, *79-81–160

23. Tyler Hughes, Howey in the Hills, FL *81-80–161

24. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *77-85–162

25. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *76-87–163

26. Czech Chalermchaiwat, Bangkok, Thailand *85-79–164

26. Matthew McDonald, Celebration, FL *82-82–164

26. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *82-82–164

26. Andrea Bacchi, Milan, Italy *82-82–164

26. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *82-82–164

31. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *84-82–166

32. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON *80-87–167

33. Davis Keough, Cole Harbour, NS *85-84–169

34. David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *93-82–175

35. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *98-86–184

36. Sheock Hyun Shim, Seoul, South Korea *90-107–197

DID NOT FINISH

Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *JWD

Boys 14 Under Division – (Blue Tees) Yards: 6,239 Par 72

1. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-81–162

2. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *88-81–169

3. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *92-89–181

DID NOT FINISH

Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *DQ (Rule 15-3b)

Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Girls Division – (White Tees) Yards: 5,991 Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *70-73–143

2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *73-71–144

3. Wei-Wei Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-71–146

4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *74-75–149

4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *73-76–149

6. Luiza Altmann, Sao Paulo, Brazil *76-74–150

6. Veronica Vetesnik, Winnipeg, Canada *74-76–150

8. Yunjie Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-76–151

9. Yuka Kajiki, Howey in the Hills, FL *79-74–153

10. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *80-76–156

11. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *83-78–161

11. Jessica Danford, Longwood, FL *80-81–161

11. Mallory Etcheberry, Wesley Chapel, FL *79-82–161

14. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Merida, Mexico *80-82–162

15. Grace Kim, Sao Paulo, Brazil *81-82–163

16. Carla Loyola, Queretaro, Mexico *78-86–164

17. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *82-83–165

17. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *81-84–165

19. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD *84-82–166

20. Lizzie Hammel, Wexford, PA *83-85–168

21. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *85-85–170

22. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA *88-90–178

23. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *90-92–182

24. Haley Danford, Longwood, FL *96-91–187

25. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *100-97–197

DID NOT FINISH

Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *81-JWD

Final Results from the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North

 

Christifulli captures crown at Troon North
Nam earns first IJGT title in Boys 14 Under Division

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club on May 11-12. The Scottsdale heat played a factor as the competitors trudged up and down the hills on the Monument Course at Troon North. Two champions were crowned giving their mothers an unforgettable Mother’s Day present.


Michael ChristifulliMichael Christifulli of Paradise Valley, Ariz., earned his first IJGT title of the season after putting together a gritty final-round score of 5-over-par 77.  On Saturday, Christfulli got off to a hot start going 1-under-par in his first eight holes. After an even-par 36 on the front nine, he ran into a few obstacles on the difficult back nine to finish with a score of 3-over-par 75.

Christifulli was not alone atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s round. TJ Kathrineberg of Mesa, Ariz., had a share of the lead with a 3-over-par 75. Both players earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award honors with their first-round score.

Sunday was a tough day for scoring conditions as the round from Saturday physically drained many of the competitors. The Monument Course tests your playing ability as well as your physical ability. Christifulli was determined to come up with the victory because he wanted redemption after not being able to play in the PURE Grips Junior Open back on Dec 8-9, 2012 at Troon North – Pinnacle Course. Down the stretch, Christifulli made two key birdies on the back nine that gave him the cushion he needed to secure the victory.

“My plan was to put the ball in play,” said Christifulli. “I knew that approach would give me a chance, but I also tried to make some good putts.”

Coming in second place was Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., finishing with a tournament total of 158. Finishing in a tie for third place were Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kathrineberg carding a 159 tournament score over the weekend.
Mason NamIn the Boys 14 Under Division, Mason Nam of Scottsdale, Ariz., ran away with his first IJGT title after putting together a solid final-round score of 5-over-par 77. Nam got off to a slow start on Saturday carding a front-nine score of 5-over-par 41. Things turned around quickly on the back nine where Nam made three birdies en route to a 2-under-par 34. His score of 3-over-par 75 earned him KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award honors.

On Sunday, Nam got off to a great start playing his first 12 holes in 1-over-par. His fellow competitors could not match his great start giving Nam a clear path to victory. Although he did not finish as strong as he would like, Nam was still very pleased with his victory.

“Definitely one of the hardest courses I have played in a tournament,” said Nam. “It was in really good condition.”

Finishing in a tie for second place were Cole Shintaku of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Moibhi Tyndall of Mountain View, Calif., with scores of 162.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to the champions Christifulli and Nam for their scores of 5-over-par 77.

The IJGT West Coast tour has completed for the 2012-2013 season. The IJGT will be closing out the season with the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions on May 25-27 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. This is the marquee event on the IJGT schedule and will feature the best competitors on the IJGT from across the country. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Final round results of the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,846 yards, Par 72 (72.2/138).  Boys 14 Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,037 yards, Par 72 (68.4/128).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 90s, winds 10-15 mph
           Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-10 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North
Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 11-12, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Monument Course: 6,846 Yards, Par 72
1. Michael Christifulli, Paradise Valley, AZ *75-77–152
2. Thomas Avant, Chandler, AZ *78-80–158
3. TJ Kathrineberg, Mesa, AZ *75-84–159
3. Jackson Whisenhunt, Phoenix, AZ *77-82–159
5. Michael Marreel, Chandler, AZ *83-80–163
6. Zachary Wagner, San Diego, CA *84-82–166
6. Ryan Tanner, Tucson, AZ *81-85–166
8. Ryan Sullivan, Cottonwood, AZ *85-83–168
9. Gary Baker, Cornviile, AZ *92-83–175
10. Josh Nadler, Chandler, AZ *87-96–183
Boys 14 Under Division – (Silver Tees) Monument Course: 6,037 Yards, Par 72
1. Mason Nam, Scottsdale, AZ *75-77–152
2. Cole Shintaku, Honolulu, HI *77-85–162
2. Moibhi Tyndall, Mountain View, CA *81-81–162
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *93-84–177
5. Adam Quandt, Lahaina, HI *87-95–182

Notes from the First Round – PURE Grips Shootout

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Warm temperatures and an abnormal breeze made scoring conditions very difficult at the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club. The Event was contested on the Monument Course, which is ranked the No. 5 “Best Course You Can Play” in Arizona by Golfweek.
ba38170f12f0eaed899e55f5b323cf58In the Boys 15-19 Division, Michael Christifulli of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and TJ Kathrineberg of Mesa, Ariz., both finished the day with solid scores of 3-over-par 75. The Monument Course was not yielding many low scores and they were able to card the lowest round of the day by avoiding big numbers which are common because of the desert areas located so close to the fairways. Tomorrow’s final round will be a great battle between these two players and the other couple competitors that are within striking distance of the lead.

Christifulli by the Number

2014 – Grad Year
75 – lowest round of the day
36 – front-nine score
3 – birdies

Kathrineberg by the Number

2014 – Grad Year
75 – lowest round of the day
34 – back-nine score
3 – birdies

Mason Nam of Scottsdale, Ariz., stole the show in the Boys 14 Under Division after recording a 3-over-par 75 to take a two-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round.

Nam by the Number

2018 – Grad Year
75 – lowest round of the day
34 – back-nine score
3 – birdies

PURE Grips, the title sponsor for the event, was onsite today offering their products to our players. Pictured below is Adam Quandt of Lahaina, Hawaii, waiting for his putter to get regripped before the round.

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The final round of the IJGT PURE Grips Shootout will begin tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on the Monument Course at Troon North Golf Club. For tee times please click here.

Aaron Terrazas shines at Mexican Junior National Championship

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C – On May 4-6, the Mexican Golf Federation held the Mexican Junior National Championship at El Tigre Golf Club in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The tournament field was loaded with the best talent Mexico has to offer, and IJGT member Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, won the tournament with a score of 5-under-par 211.

Terrazas started off the tournament well carding a tournament best 4-under-par 68 to grab an early lead, but he only held a one-stroke lead going into the second round. After an even-par 72 in round two, Terrazas increased his lead to five strokes on a day that saw scores increase due to tougher playing conditions and course setup.
Aaron TerrazasTerrazas has proven in International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) tournaments that he is a closer with his four victories in the 2012-2013 season including one at the AB Golf Designs Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. It was no different in the final round at the Mexican Junior National Championship where Terrazas fired a 1-under-par 71 to complete his wire-to-wire victory.

Terrazas does not get many opportunities to compete in Mexico because of his rigorous tournament schedule in the United States when training at the International Junior Golf Academy in Bluffton, S.C.

“It feels awesome to win after three years without playing tournaments in my country,” said Terrazas.

With the victory Terrazas earned an invitation to the International Junior Championship in Colombia. He also earned an exemption to the American Junior Golf Association’s Junior Players Championship which is held at the site of this week’s PGA TOUR The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass.

(Photo Credit to Mexican Golf Federation)

 

 

Keys to Success

 

This Week in Mental Training: Keys to Success

Last week’s installment of “this week in mental training” spoke about the jump from high school to college. The first year of this transition can be a difficult yet enjoyable experience. We are pleased about the excitement our post-graduates and seniors are showing in making this next step toward a life in the professional world.

The final weeks of the semester will serve as an opportunity to review some of the key principles we are hoping our student-athletes will carry with them throughout the summer and beyond. These keys to development include:

1)     Challenge is required to build skill throughout the learning and development process of life and sport.

2)     By embracing challenge a mindset is created that seeks out challenge while also appreciating that growth and development is a difficult process that requires acceptance of mistakes.

3)     Consistently challenging oneself can be a drain on the limited resource of effort and attention required to build skills. Our student-athletes should also be aware of the importance recovery plays in the development process to assist with resiliency and the prevention of burnout.

It’s been a pleasure working with the student-athletes of Junior Sports Corporation again this year! We hope they carry these messages with them and continue to build effective habits wherever the journey of life takes them moving forward.

Please reach out to us for further information regarding individualized training to maximize the performance of your student-athlete as we continue to pursue our mission: “to assist the long-term development of our student-athletes by creating a mindset of continuous improvement through preparation, competition, and self-evaluation … resulting in a community of excellence!”

All the best,

Matt Cuccaro, Ed.M. (matt.cuccaro@juniorsports.com)

and

Scott Swainston, M.S. (scott.swainston@juniorsports.com)


 

Matt Cuccaro, Ed.M.Matt Cuccaro is the Director of Mental Training at Junior Sports Corporation (JSC) on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Since joining JSC in 2006, Matt has trained numerous American Junior Golf Association Junior All-Americans, IJGT champions, as well as PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour Players from around the world. He received his Masters of Education in Counseling/Sport Psychology from Boston University and is an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.  Follow Matt on Twitter at @MentalCoachMatt external_link.png

 

 

 

Scott SwainstonScott Swainston is in his third year at Junior Sports Corporation as the Assistant Director of Mental Training.  His experience started at Georgia Southern University where he received his Master’s degree in Sport Psychology.  While at Southern he worked with collegiate student-athletes on the mental aspect of high performance in a variety of sports.  His experience has continued since joining JSC, working with athletes who compete at the junior, amateur, and professional level.  In addition to his responsibilities at the Academies Scott works closely with the International Junior Golf Tour; traveling to tournaments to work with players from all over the world on their mental approach to the game.  Scott continues to be an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.  You can Follow Scott Swainston on Twitter at @ScottSwainston external_link.png

Highlighted Players of the Week – May 4-5, 2013


Northeast Tour

VICTOR, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted their eighth event of the Northeast tour May 4-5 at Ravenwood Golf Club.  The weather could not have been better this weekend.  There was not a cloud in the sky and temperatures soared into the mid 70s.  Ravenwood Golf Club was in top notch condition.  The greens rolled true, providing an opportunity for the players to card low scores.  Two players stood out this weekend and came ready to play.  This week’s Highlighted Players of the Week winners are Ezekiel Zhao of Annapolis, Md., and Molly Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y.
Ezekiel ZhaoZhao competed in just his fourth tournament with the IJGT this past weekend in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Zhao fired a 3-over-par 75 on Saturday, trailing the leader by one stroke heading into Sunday’s round.  Zhao knew he has to go low on Sunday’s round to have a chance in placing in the top three.  He did just that.  Zhao had three birdies on the front nine and a birdie on the back nine.  He went on to shoot a 4-over-par 76 for a combined total of 151.  This was Zhao’s first top-three finish with the IJGT, earning him this week’s Highlighted Player of the Week honors.  Congratulations Ezekiel on a great performance at Ravenwood Golf Club, and hope to see you in future tournaments with the IJGT.

In the Girls Division, Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y., earned player of the week honors.  Balbierz has played in two tournaments with us this season, finishing in the top 10 in each event.  On Saturday, she showed consistency in her round making nine pars and carding 14-over-par 86. Balbierz was down 8 strokes going into the final round, but was determined to make a run at the title.

Molly Balbierz

The conditions were even better on Sunday and Balbierz got off to a fast start.  She made par on the first three of five holes and felt she had a chance for a top-three finish.  Balbierz stayed very consistent throughout the day with nine pars and nine bogeys.  Although she came up short of an IJGT title, her outstanding play and no double-bogeys or worse on the final day helped her in carding a 9-over-par 81.  Her final score of 86-81—167 earned her a tie for second place with Kristen Bromley of Pittsford, N.Y.  We would like to congratulate Molly Balbierz on a great weekend and wish her nothing but the best in her future in golf.

 

Southeast Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the AHEAD Open at Bear Creek on May 4-5, 2013. Bear Creek Golf Club offered juniors a test with the fast greens and narrow fairways. Along with a demanding course, golfers were challenged by rain during their final round. Play was suspended for two hours due to a heavy downpour in the morning. After the delay, players still were faced with on-and-off rain throughout the afternoon. Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, were both able to stay focused with the difficult conditions earning them Player of the Week honors.

Shogo Ito

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Ito got off to a great start during his first round by making birdie on the first hole. He carded an 81 on Saturday and was nine strokes behind the lead in a tie for seventh place. During his final round, Ito made a run of three birdies on holes three through five. He carded a front-nine 35, en route to shooting 1-over-par 73. His score on Sunday earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Ito moved into third place for the AHEAD Open at Bear Creek after his impressive final round. His finish this past weekend was his fourth top 10 of the Spring Season. The IJGT Staff looks forward to seeing Ito at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 25-27.

 
Isidora QuevedoIn the Girls Division, Quevedo came into the event looking for another strong finish after earning third place in the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall. Quevedo spent her 17th birthday competing in the first round of the event.  Her round was highlighted by birdies on holes one and three. After carding a first-round 79, Quevedo was in third place, four strokes behind the leader. On Sunday, Quevedo made birdies on the holes Nos. 5 and 12 and shot another round of 79. Her consistency over the weekend earned her third place. Her finish at the AHEAD Open at Bear Creek was her fifth top-five of the year. The IJGT Staff looks forward to seeing more great play from Quevedo in the future.

 

 

West Coast Tour

During last weekend’s IJGT Reno Junior at ArrowCreek Country Club, players were forced to take on the difficult Legend Course in the midst of weather conditions found in all four seasons. First-round scores were higher mostly due to the howling winds that added an extra bite to the challenging Arnold Palmer designed Legend Course. But as much as ArrowCreek showed it’s teeth over the weekend, Patrick Phelps and Alice Duan of Reno, Nev., were up for the challenge.
Patrick PhelpsPhelps carded a first-round score of 90 and could have easily chalked up the performance to the windy conditions and difficult course management situations. Instead, he came back in the final round to score an outstanding 2-over-par 74. Phelps’s score on Sunday is even more remarkable due in part to the bitter cold, gusting winds, and brief moments of rain that were present throughout the day. Phelps’s Sunday scorecard included birdies on three of five par 5s, and nine-hole scores of 37-37 after going 49-41 on Saturday.

Phelps’s ability to come back after a disappointing first round and improve a whopping 16 strokes earned him a third-place finish and Player of the Week honors at the IJGT Reno Junior.

 
Alice DuanDuan, playing in her second IJGT event, showed great course management, maturity, and poise on her way to a first-place finish at the Reno Junior at ArrowCreek Country Club. Duan’s first round score of 5-over-par 77 put her atop the leaderboard, and helped secure the victory despite a difficult final round. Duan carded three birdies in that round and handled the par 3s with confidence. This is Duan’s first tour victory this season, after taking eighth place at the IJGT Golden Gate Junior back in February. The IJGT hopes to see Duan at more events in the future.

IJGT travels to Ohio for Bridgestone Series at Longaberger May 18-19, 2013

 

NASHPORT, Ohio.- The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to host its first event at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio May 18-19, 2013 for the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger. This event will feature elite junior golfers from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.
Longaberger Golf ClubLongaberger Golf Club, which opened in 1999 and was designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills, ranks # 56 in the U.S. (out of roughly 13,500 public access courses) in GOLF Magazine’s 2010 “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list. Golfweek Magazine rated Longaberger Golf Club # 1 in Ohio in its recent 2010 state-by-state rankings. Don’t miss out on playing one of the best courses in the Country offering one of the nation’s most superb golfing experiences. Longaberger Golf Club was recently Rated #4 Public Course in the country by Golf World’s, 2008 Readers Choice Award.

The Boys 14 Under Division will feature former champion William Sheedy of Washington, D.C. Sheedy took home the title at the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Resort earlier this season, and has three more top-10 finishes under his belt.

In the Girls Division, Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., will be a player to keep an eye on at the event. Doyle has five top-10 finishes this season, including an impressive third-place finish at the Western Pa. Major at Nemacolin. Doyle looks to build on her past success, and take home her first IJGT Title.

Longaberger Golf Club will be open for optional practice rounds and registration May 17 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bridgestone Series at Longaberger will begin with opening round tee times May 18 at 12 p.m. and will end with an awards ceremony recognizing the top-3 juniors in each division with tournament gifts and trophies.

This two-day, 36-hole Event is filling up quickly. Be sure to register today to reserve your spot in the field.

Click here to register for the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger.

Longaberger

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

Final Results from the IJGT Reno Junior

 

Holetz triumphs at ArrowCreek
Duan delivers in the Girls Division

RENO, Nev. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Reno Junior at ArrowCreek Country Club on May 4-5. Breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range greeted the competitors on the Legend Course at ArrowCreek Country Club during the 36-hole competition. High winds made scoring difficult challenging the mental toughness of the entire field.


Harrison HoletzHarrison Holetz of Incline Village, Nev., took home his first IJGT title after putting together two great rounds on the weekend. Saturday, he began his round with a bogey on the first hole, but quickly responded with two birdies in his next five holes. After struggling for two holes, Holetz hit the best shot of the tournament on No. 9, which lead to an eagle on the 593 yard par-5. Holetz carried the momentum to the back nine giving him a 1-over-par 73 on the day. This was the lowest score of the day, giving him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.

Going into Sunday’s final round, Holetz had a three-stroke lead over David Hinitz of Reno, Nev. It quickly tightened up as Holetz made a few costly mistakes in the first 11 holes. After Hinitz made birdie on No. 14 on the Legend Course at ArrowCreek Country Club, the Boys 15-19 Division was tied. This is when Holetz turned it up a notch. He finished par-eagle-birdie-par to capture the title and finish his day with a 5-over-par 77.

“Today, I had a funky front nine and then on the back, I started really bad, but came back at the end with par-eagle-birdie-par,” commented Holetz. “So that was helpful.”

The key to Holetz’s success was his dominance on the par 5s. He played them in 5-under-par over the course of the weekend.

Hinitz could not match Holetz’s finish, but was still able to secure second place with a solid tournament total of 153. Finishing in third place was Patrick Phelps of Reno, Nev., who recorded a tournament score of 164. Phelps’s final-round score of 2-over-par 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.


Alice DuanAlice Duan of Reno, Nev., took home the crown in the Girls Division after putting together two solid rounds at ArrowCreek Country Club. Duan’s 5-over-par 77 on Saturday was very impressive and the best score in the Girls Division in the tournament. Her round was highlighted by three birdies and 10 pars. Duan played her last seven holes in 1-under-par.

On Sunday, the rain and wind caused issues for many players including Duan. She was not able to replicate her success from Saturday missing many putts by mere inches. However, because she built herself a sizeable lead she cruised to victory with an 85 on Sunday. Her final-round score earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This was Duan’s first IJGT title and

“Well the first day was really nice for me,” said Duan. “I made a few crucial putts and my irons were great…they put me in a good position to score.”

Finishing in second place in the Girls Division was Carly Farthing of Reno, Nev., with a tournament score of 175. Michelle Duan of Reno, Nev., took home third place after her tournament total of 179.
Griffin CooperIn the Boys 14 Under Division, Griffin Cooper of Yerington, Nev., finally came out on top earning his first IJGT victory in comeback fashion on Sunday at ArrowCreek. After a sub-standard 84 in the first round, Cooper responded with a solid 5-over-par 77 on Sunday to win the tournament by seven strokes. Trailing by one stroke going into the final round, Cooper knew he was going to have to avoid some of the large numbers he had on his scorecard from the previous day. Sunday’s round included two birdies and not a single score on his card worse than bogey.

“This week I felt confident in my putting,” said Cooper. “It really saved me in a lot of areas, even when I made dumb mistakes and missed opportunities.”

Finishing in second place in the Boys 14 Under Division was Presley Mackelburg of Reno, Nev., who carded a tournament total of 168 over the weekend. Taking third place was Cole Skach of Reno, Nev., finishing with a tournament score of 189.

The IJGT West Coast tour will be hosting the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 11-12. The Monument Course at Troon North is ranked the fifth “Best Course You Can Play” in the state of Arizona by Golfweek. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

RENO, Nev. – Final round results of the IJGT Reno Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 5, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Steel Tees – 6,793 yards, Par 72 (72.5/137).  Boys 14 Under Division: Rust Tees – 6,049 yards, Par 72 (67.9/129) Girls Division: Sage Tees – 5,733 yards, Par 72 (71.4/135).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 10-15 mph
           Rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 10-15 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Reno Junior at ArrowCreek Country Club
Reno, Nev.
May 4-5, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Steel Tees) Legend: 6,793 Yards, Par 72
1. Harrison Holetz, Incline Village, NV *73-77–150
2. David Hinitz, Reno, NV *75-78–153
3. Patrick Phelps, Reno, NV *90-74–164
4. Connor Motherway, Reno, NV *87-80–167
5. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA *88-80–168
6. Carl Beidle, Reno, NV *79-90–169
7. Ethan Gray, Winnemucca, NV *90-81–171
8. Kolby Loflin, Janesville, CA *91-82–173
9. David Larragueta, Reno, NV *89-97–186
10. Andy Demetras, Reno, NV *96-95–191
Boys 14 Under Division – (Rust Tees) Legend: 6.049 Yards, Par 72
1. Griffin Cooper, Yerington, NV *84-77–161
2. Presley Mackelburg, Reno, NV *83-85–168
3. Cole Skach, Reno, NV *96-93–189
Girls Division – (Sage Tees) Legend: 5,733 Yards, Par 72
1. Alice Duan, Reno, NV *77-85–162
2. Carly Farthing, Reno, NV *87-88–175
3. Michelle Duan, Reno, NV *93-86–179
4. Rachel Miles, Carson City, NV *101-106–207

Final Results from the AB Golf Designs Junior at Ravenwood

 Van Niekerk takes home first IJGT Title

Notaro earns comeback victory 

 

VICTOR, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) played host to the AB Golf Designs Junior at the beautiful Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, N.Y. 46 elite junior golfers representing five states competed for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points. Players and spectators were greeted with sunny skies and warm weather during this two day, 36-hole tournament.

 

Matthew Van NiekerkThe Boys 15-19 Division came down to the back nine, where Matthew Van Niekerk of Rochester, N.Y., took home the title. Van Niekerk had a solid first round carding a 6-over-par 78, but found himself trailing first-round leader Alec Miller of Pittsford, N.Y., by four strokes.

“I missed a lot of putts {in the first round},” said Van Niekerk. “I just took it easy when I got home, and told myself I have nothing to lose in the second round.”

Van Niekerk started his second round off strong,with two birdies and a spectacular eagle on the par-5 sixth hole carding a front-nine 4-under-par 32. He found himself tied with Miller at the turn, which made for an exciting finish on the back nine. Van Niekerk shot even-par on the back nine putting him in the clubhouse at 2-over-par 146. Miller needed to birdie the tough par-5 closing hole at Ravenwood to force a playoff. With the Van Niekerk watching, Miller stuck his approach shot six feet from the hole. Miller’s birdie putt fell just short, giving Van Niekerk his first IJGT Title.

“I have known Alec {Miller} for awhile, and I really wanted him to make that putt,” said Van Niekerk. “It feels really great to finally put a win under my belt, and I am really excited for the future.”

Van Niekerk’s final-round score of 4-under-par 68 earned him Clazic Belts Low Final Round honors.

Finishing second was Miller carding a weekend 3-over-par 147. Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was Ezekiel Zhao of Annapolis, Md., with a total score of 151.

Mike May

In the Boys 14 Under Division, Mike May of Auburn, N.Y., had a four-stroke lead heading into Sunday, after an impressive first round. Carding a 1-under-par 71 on Saturday, May earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors.

“I was pretty nervous on Sunday, but I knew I just needed to concentrate on my shots and make putts,” said May.

On Sunday, May started his final round off strong with three consecutive birdies carding a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine. With a comfortable lead after the turn, May just needed a consistent back nine to take home the AB Golf Designs Junior Title. May did just that, shooting even-par on the back nine and carding a tournament total 4-under-par 140.

“It feels great to win this weekend, and I played very well both days,” said May. “I played well both days, and I cannot complain.”

William Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y., finished second carding a weekend 7-over-par 151. Rounding out the top three in Boys 14 Under Division was Marc Holzhauer of Clarence Center, N.Y., with a final score of 152.

Sarah Notaro

Sarah Notaro of Williamsville, N.Y., had a spectacular comeback this weekend. After carding a 16-over-par 88 in the first round, Notaro trailed first-round leader and KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro winner Kristin Bromley of Pittsford, N.Y., by 10 strokes.

Putting Saturday’s round behind her, Notaro started her final round off strong with a 3-over-par 39 on the front nine. Even after her solid front nine, Notaro still trailed Bromley by four strokes after the turn. Notaro started her back nine off with four consecutive pars, and cut into Bromley’s lead. Notaro made par on No. 18, which was just enough to earn herself her first IJGT title after carding a tournament total of 166.

Notaro’s fantastic final round earned her Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award honors.

“It feels incredible to win my first IJGT Title,” said Notaro. “I have been working on my putting and it definitely paid off this weekend.”

Finishing just behind Notaro, was Bromley and Molly Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y., both finishing with a tournament score of 167.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel Hershey, Pa., to host the Major Championship at Hershey Country Club presented by the  International Junior Golf Academy May 11-12. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

VICTOR, N.Y. – Final round results of the IJGT AB Golf Designs Junior at Ravenwood conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 5, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Burgandy Tees – 6729 yards, Par 72 (73.0/136) Boys 14 Under Division: Black Tees – 6288 yards, Par 72 (70.6/126) Girls Division: Blue Tees – 6049 yards, Par 72 (74.5/133).

Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
                 Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 0-5 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
AB Golf Designs Junior at Ravenwood Golf Club
Victor, N.Y.
May 4-5, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division-(Bergundy Tees) 6,729 Yards, Par 72
1. Matthew Van Niekerk, Rochester, NY *78-68–146
2. Alec Miller, Pittsford, NY *74-73–147
3. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *75-76–151
4. Douglas Kulikowski, Pittsford, NY *76-76–152
5. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY *81-74–155
5. Connor Raeman, Canandaigua, NY *77-78–155
7. Danny Lapp, Trumansburg, NY *75-81–156
8. Christian Nizamis, Baldwinsville, NY *82-75–157
9. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY *78-80–158
10. Chris Salone, Geneva, NY *87-72–159
11. Tyler Sands, New Canaan, CT *81-79–160
12. David Berkun, Getzville, NY *79-82–161
12. John Sandlas V, Seneca Falls, NY *78-83–161
14. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY *86-76–162
15. Daniel Thomas, Fayetteville, NY *81-82–163
16. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *85-79–164
17. Drew Derrenbacker, Fayetteville, NY *83-83–166
17. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY *83-83–166
19. Kyle Bromley, Pittsford, NY *84-87–171
20. Alec Kunzwiler, Oswego, NY *86-88–174
21. Ben Brason, East Aurora, NY *89-86–175
22. Nick Santaro, Manlius, NY *90-88–178
23. Kevin Herlihy, Genneseo, NY *95-98—193
DID NOT FINISH
Gregory Sibick, Williamsville, NY *DQ (Rule 33-7)
Charlie Holt, Meadville, PA *-JWD
Boys 14 Under Division-(Black Tees) 6,223 Yards, Par 72
1. Mike May, Auburn, NY *71-69–140
2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *75-76–151
3. Marc Holzhauer, Clarence Center, NY *72-80–152
4. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA *78-77–155
5. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *77-80–157
6. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY *78-83–161
7. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *85-77–162
8. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *85-78–163
9. Ryan Rybicki, Remsen, NY *85-80–165
10. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *82-84–166
11. Andy Bronstein, Pittsford, NY *83-92–175
11. Justin Rockwell, New Hartford, NY *82-93–175
13. John Michael Sullivan, Camillus, NY *88-89–177
13. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *93-84–177
15. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY *93-98—191
Girls Division-(Blue Tees) 5,956 Yards, Par 72
1. Sarah Notaro, Williamsville, NY *88-78–166
2. Kristen Bromley, Pittsford, NY *78-89–167
2. Molly Balbierz, Hamburg, NY *86-81–167
4. Emily Doyle, Horseheads, NY *92-85–177
5. Natalie Squillace, Slingerlands, NY *88-95–183
6. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *101-89–190